23 payer exec moves in January

From several new CEOs and presidents to a new chief innovation officer at UnitedHealth Group, these are executive moves at 23 different payers reported by Becker's since Jan. 1: 

  1. Humana appointed Steward Health Care President Sanjay Shetty, MD, to lead its healthcare services business, CenterWell, effective in April. It also promoted Medicare president, George Renaudin, to president of Medicare and Medicaid, effective immediately.

  2. Molina Healthcare named Frank Clepper as plan president for its Nebraska operations Jan. 31. 

  3. HealthPartners promoted Kathy Johnson to senior vice president and CFO of the company's health plan Jan. 24.

  4. PacificSource Health Plans named John Espinola, MD, its president and CEO on Jan. 24, effective April 3. 

  5. Cigna's health services arm Evernorth named Adam Kautzner, PharmD, president of Express Scripts Jan. 18.

  6. Quartz named Jeff Butcher as senior vice president and CFO Jan. 17.

  7. SCAN Group promoted Karen Schulte to president of Medicare Jan. 11.

  8. UnitedHealthcare named Marcus Robinson as president of markets for individual and family plan sales Jan. 10.

  9. BCBS Massachusetts named Debbie Peikes, PhD, as vice president of measurement and evaluation Jan. 10.

  10. UnitedHealth Group named Dame Vivian Hunt as its new chief innovation officer Jan. 9. 

  11. BCBS Texas named Jessica Quick as divisional senior vice president for sales and marketing Jan. 9.

  12. BCBS Louisiana named Lou Patalano vice president and chief legal officer Jan. 9.

  13. BCBS Vermont named Margaret Pinello-White chief administrative officer Jan. 9.

  14. Friday Health Plans named Rhonda Bagby as CFO Jan. 6.

  15. Highmark Health Plan named COO Tom Doran as president Jan. 5. Deborah Rice-Johnson, the health plan's former CEO, departed to become CEO of diversified business and chief growth officer at parent company Highmark Health.

  16. Excellus BCBS appointed three employees to senior roles Jan 5: Mona Chitre, PharmD, was named president of pharmacy solutions, in addition to her existing role as chief pharmacy officer. Lisa Harris, MD, was named senior vice president and corporate medical director. Tony Vitagliano was named senior vice president of provider network engagement.

  17. Molina Healthcare of New Mexico named Darcie Robran-Marquez, MD, as chief medical officer Jan. 4.

  18. Commonwealth Care Alliance named Nazlim Hagmann, MD, as senior vice president and associate chief medical officer Jan. 4.

  19. Providence Health Plan named Ryan Jack as vice president of enterprise strategy and innovation Jan. 3.

  20. BCBS Louisiana promoted Brian Badinger to vice president of technical programs, effective Jan. 1.

  21. Centene named Alice Chen, MD, as chief medical officer, effective Jan. 1.

  22. Clover Health's former president Andrew Toy became CEO Jan. 1.

  23. BCBS Massachusetts CEO Sarah Iselin assumed her new role Jan. 1.

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